Interactive map of mass graves in Iran

Interactive map of mass graves in Iran

Published by on November 3, 2017

Justice for Victims of 1988 Massacre in Iran (JVMI) has traced 59 mass graves across Iran during its investigation of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran. JVMI has put its findings on an interactive map that shows the mass graves’ locations along with information about each one.

In the summer of 1988, based on a fatwa by Ayatollah Khomeini, immediately an estimated 30,000 political prisoners were massacred without due process of law. A three-men commission was created in each locality to determine which prisoners should be executed. The commissions, known as the Death Commissions, questioned prisoners about their political and religious beliefs, and depending on the answers, determined those who were to be executed. The prisoners were executed the same day or soon thereafter and their bodies were buried in secret mass graves.

JVMI findings are based on eye-witness reports, information provided by family members of victims and documentary and photographic evidence from the sites.

In one instance, in December 2016, reports and video evidence of a mass grave discovered by sewage workers in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, surfaced.

Following these discoveries, JVMI is calling on the United Nations to deal with this mass execution, ladled by prominent jurists as ‘the most heinous crime against humanity since the second World War’, with a commission of inquiry.


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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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